Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:08:36 GMT
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongingsMore >>
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongings and pets that were lost during the storm More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
June 17, 2005
Valdosta-- Some South Georgia men are using this Fathers Day weekend to clean up crime in their community. They're holding a rally in Valdosta to get neighbors involved and make the streets safer for kids in the community.
James Micklon has lived on Ponderosa Drive for 25 years. "I raised two children in the neighborhood, I felt very comfortable with them out here," said Micklon.
But times have changed, and if he had young children now, Micklon says he would probably move. "We've seen the quality of this neighborhood go down," said Micklon.
It's a street that's been plagued with numerous drive by shootings and drug dealings over the past few years, and neighbors are fed up. Saturday, they're holding a "Stand Against Crime" rally in hopes of bringing their high crime rate back down.
"We're going to have a motorcade, rally and parade coming right through this community urging people to support us and then we're going to be passing out information on what we're doing to make this community better and also recruiting people to be a part of what we're doing," said Rev. J.D. Martin.
And they're starting with the fathers in the community. "We need men, men are supposed to be the leaders of this country and we want them to use Fathers Day to stand up and take back your community, don't let the bad influences take our community," said Martin.
Martin and several others have started a block club that meets once a month and is kind of like a neighborhood watch group. They act as citizen patrols and are trying to come up with new recreational opportunities for kids in the area.
"The children don't have any positive activities to get involved with so when you come down to this area, they'll just be standing out in the street trying to find something to do," said James Wright.
Their efforts are showing some progress in the community, but, "We still have a long way to go," said Martin.
And they'll keep working until this community is once again, a safe place to raise a family. The Stand Against Crime Rally starts at 10:30 Saturday morning in the 200 block of Ponderosa Drive.